Wednesday, February 10, 2016


J. G. Williams is my Woman In Horror today!  In addition to writing horror, Jackie writes children's books and poetry. Another part of the mystique that is Jackie. I love  the Welsh wording in her tales. Don't ever say she is English! One of her monsters will come up and beat the living crap out of you!

How good is Jackie? She is one of only a few authors to have stories in all of the Satan's Toybox series from Angelic Knight Press. That says a lot.  

My favorite story of hers is her long novella Emelia. When I edited this, I was amazed at how well she started the book out with a bang and kept the action and the horror to the very end. And, my friends, this is number one in a series. It doesn't get any better than this.

Jackie is one of those great people who is active in the writing community plugging other authors' work. She is everywhere, sharing posts and links and always having a kind word for everyone. There is a group on Facebook called The Graveyard. Jackie is one of the administrators there and is always helpful to the new members, assisting them in many ways, inviting them into the group, and more. Since I have started out my little adventure into Women In Horror, she has responded to every one of my posts, as well as for those my friends have posted.

Like me, her love for the written word came from her grandfather who spun tales of ghosts and ghouls for her pleasure. I feel sorry for people who have not been blessed by the exquisite luxury of being front and center, and even bouncing on a knee in rapture, as magic is weaved from someone you love. This is a lost art, but Jackie captures the magic and majesty within her written words. Oh, the joy!

A quote from Jackie:

"I write because my heart is in it. I was asked why I write the other day, and that was my reply." Jackie Williams

Jackie's Amazon bio:

"J G Williams was born in Wales UK. She is married with three grown children and nine grandchildren. She has always loved horror and ghost stories. From an early age her father told her creepy tales of ghosts and ghouls. That's when her love of horror began. Besides writing, she enjoys art and looking after her menagerie of pets. There's never a dull moment in the Williams household.

She also writes children's books;The Tori-Jean Series is available now. Written for young children, so too Liam and Storm's Space Adventure. Great little books for kids. She's also written a book on Fibromyalgia called, Baby Steps, Facing up to Fibromyalgia. Horror, Poetry, life and Children's come from the same pen. Pop in and say hello.

J G Williams
Author Jackie Williams

On to some of Jackie's great books!

This is one super scary book! Jackie has a sequel in the works. Here is a book trailer for Emilia produced by Beverly Cialone.

Book description:

 When Susanna and Ruben's baby is born, they discover that she was a twin...was, because the twin died in birth. The hollowed eyes of the newborn sends a fear through Susanna and she and her husband vow never to speak of their deceased child again. Emelia will be their only child. However there is something not right about their daughter, something Ruben realizes early on, while Susanna looks the other way.

I love this collection! My review on Smashwords is below the book description.

Book description:

Six updated and new short stories, written to chill the blood and create night-mares.

Review by: Blaze McRob on Sep. 24, 2012 : (Remove)
Six Fright-Mares, by Jackie Williams, is a great collection of horror tales, all of them unique and covering a wide array of topics. My favorite is Outcasts, a rather surreal tale of what if in a what could world. The story is so realistic that I was trying to think of a way where I could come to the aid of the heroes. The superb ending allows for further exploration in to the world of Jackie's story people.

I love reading Jackie's tales for her home-spun style and fantastic usage of the Queen's English. Hurray! To tell a story any other way would be short changing the reader.

Read these super tales and see if you don't agree with me!

By Guerra on January 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book consists of six stories...ranging from deadly bugs to possessed cars. There is something for every taste. I've read a few of these as single books and enjoyed them. The author has a way with horror, be it subtle or straight on. Some of the stories you expect the horror and are prepared and some you only realize it, when you find yourself sitting at the edge of your seat holding your breath.
Outcasts-The world is changing...are you part of the change or are you one of the outcasts? Jack and his family find themselves running for their life with salvation in sight.
Road Kill-Watch what you eat, not everything is safe. What do you do when Mom has a planned BBQ and you used up the last of the steaks? See what Ryan and his friend Josh do when the last place in town is closed and they promised to replace the steaks.
Geisha-This story was intriguing to me. It's about Geisha a mind reading freak show star... That's all I'll say. Very worth the read.
Gerald's Car-This one reminds me a lot of Christine by S. King. How far will Gerald go for his car...come enjoy a ride in a possessed car.
Her Painful Death-Bugs will rule the world. I loved this one...clean freak and bugs, can't get much better.
Wonderfeed-A gory read. This one I'm on the fence about. The story is really good, but I had to skim some of the descriptions...a bit too gory for me.
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jackie Williams has a nicely twisted brain and a way with some really horrifying words. Six Fright-Mares, a collection of short stories written by Williams, is a sure bet if you're looking to be scared and left with your mouth hanging open, wondering "How'd THAT happen?" Williams has a real knack for adding a great twist to a story.

This is a good collection by a fine writer. One for horror readers of all types. 
This is indeed a book to appease your cravings for a spooky horror tale. The review below says it all.
Book description:
 Highest Hill, was once known for sacrifices. Or so told. Though it has been quiet for an age, until a disagreement between witches and demons re-open old wounds. Bertram Cole an abused young boy is drawn into the conflict. Is he really just an ordinary child?
Format: Kindle Edition
Taken from my blog:

I'm a sucker for a good spooky story and this creepy book by author Jackie Williams was exactly what my (sometimes) deranged mind craved! Highest Hill is a mixture of thrills and chills that I couldn't put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read to snuggle under the covers with - just make sure to leave your light on! ;)

The protagonist is a sweet little boy who gets bullied and has parents who care more about their liquor than their child. His favorite place to escape is Highest Hill, but this place of serenity isn't what it appears to be. There be monsters lurking about!

What I loved about this book is the way the author takes you along in the story and you get to know each character in the book. None are passed over. This wasn't a very long book, somewhere between a novel and short story, (but I am a fast reader). However, by the end, I felt as if I knew the characters personally.

This book would appease anyone who loves horror and paranormal with a touch of fantasy. The ending is complete, but it did leave me to wonder if there will be a second book. I need to know what happens to my young friend now! That is a question only the author can answer, but I will be keeping tabs and look forward to reading more of her stories! 
Poor Tombie! No one understands him. This is a classic horror short story!
Book description:
 Tombie just wants to be left alone, but ever since his diagnoses his family pokes and prods him whenever he falls asleep. "I'm narcoleptic, I'm not going to die in my sleep!" When Tombie woke one day in a body bag, he decided he was better off on his own and leaves his family behind.
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I LOVED Tombie. I had no idea what to expect, and author Jackie G. Williams kept me on my toes throughout her story. This is one clever zombie story, and I'm a big fan of zombie stories. Williams's writing style suits this story to a tee. I thoroughly enjoyed Tombie and just wish it was longer! 
I own this great book of hard hitting poetry. It is dark and superb. It is not to be missed. My opinion. The reviewer below also loves it. You cannot go wrong with this collection!
Book description:
 Yesterdays Children is a book of poetry.
Though there are no hearts and flowers here.
It is a hard hitting read about today's society.
Read it if you Care!
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Though I'm sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I've my own definition of the five-star system.

*One Star: A crime against God and man.
*Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
*Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
*Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
*Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to be studied and read again and again....

YESTERDAY(')S CHILDREN ... a three-star journey of pain and connection and regret and anger and a million other stabs....

Seeing this work advertised on Facebook, I was immediately struck by three things:

1) The fantastic cover.
2) The great title.
3) The missing possessive.

Writers tend to be a critical lot, full of bigotry and discrimination, if not of race (there is, after all, the current hub-bub about H.P. Lovecraft and his not-so-finer characteristics), then of ideas, or of genre, of what makes for good prose, and yes, what constitutes good poetry. Writers are opinionated, which is a good, for they need to have hills worthy of their blood.

And they, like George R.R. Martin, are the cruelest of gods, both old and new. Sadists and masochists. Who, even when shedding tears, hang characters from swaying ropes ... and then throw stones.

They need to.

It's a requirement.

Which is why, a prose writer and/or poet, must, above all--be brave.

Not everyone can do it. Not all have either the skill or the necessary spine. If people did, we wouldn't need greeting cards. We wouldn't worship writers. Or at least I wouldn't.

Jackie G. Williams has both the skill and the spine. A brave writer. And one of those special ones who can transmit humanity, in its glory and pain, somehow, through squiggly lines on a page.

It's a kind of magick. And, without a doubt, Williams is a magician.

First, the cons of the book.

1) Formatting could have been better.
2) Editing could have been better.
3) One might argue that illustrations could've enhanced the book ... but with this, I'm now stretching. The words, without any question, paint many a dark and scarring picture.

In sum, it would've been quite nice if a publishing house, one with skill, had sunk some money, time, and effort into this work to really doll it up.

Am I right?

Why, yes!

I'm also one of those opinionated, discriminating writer/editor types (with his own set of flaws).

But here's the proof of Williams's magick.

On a whim, after seeing the work, I visited Amazon. I noticed the page count, a modest 43-pages, I took in the price, a mere bit of change, and I bought it, immediately adding it to my Kindle where 3,000 other titles sit. But then, expecting to just read a few bits, where I might pontificate on why I almost exclusively read "real" poets, like Kipling or Yeats, I started "Yesterdays Children."

And read it, front to back.

YES--front to back.

Front to back.

And sat stunned.

"Yesterdays Children," primarily deals with the horrors of drug use and abuse, but not just in a drugs-are-bad kind of way, for that would have made the work nothing more than a highly effective sedative. Somehow, Williams managed to tap into the humanity of her referenced victims and abusers, the driving demons, the inherent loss and regret.

I've a loved one living on the streets, a victim of mental health problems, bad decisions, and the death-grip of heroin. Perhaps this made me especially vulnerable to "Yesterdays Children's" siren call. If so, fine. Having this predisposition, though, I also came to the table--great cover and title or no--ready to be skeptical, ready to find, perhaps, another "preachy" writer who just didn't get it.

Author Jackie G. Williams more than gets it. "Yesterdays Children" proved it. I read it front to back. And I will be having other family members read it as well. Will the work entertain them? Certainly. But more important, through Williams's powerful--even if dark--pixie dust ... her words ... these people will find a vicarious and carthartic way to express their grief and to expand their knowledge about horrors which are all-too-often all-too-real.

Poetry is the ballet of writing. The most difficult of writing disciplines.

Jackie G. Williams, amongst other things, is a poet.

I read the book in a sitting.

Will be passing it on to my loved ones. Will "Yesterdays Children" connect with everyone? No. No work does. But at 43-pages, and barely over a buck, this author is all but giving away this work, verily this gift.

Hope she sells a million-plus copies.

To the author:

Dear Ms. Williams,

I'm stunned. Wish I had words. And I'm supposed to be a writer. Thank you so very much for this great piece of work.

All my best,

Rob M. Miller
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I would suggest that you take a look at not only the books I have spotlighted above but the other ones Jackie has on Amazon. They are all superb. 

J. G. Williams is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

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